Creating the Arabian Gulf

Creating the Arabian Gulf : The British Raj and the Invasions of the Gulf

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Whether called 'Arabian' or 'Persian,' the Gulf is one of the most politically important regions of the world, and its history is necessary in understanding the contemporary Middle East. Paul Rich draws on previously closed archives to document the actual heritage of the area and dispel the myths, showing that the influences of Britain and India are far deeper than commonly acknowledged, and that the sheikhs are actually the creation of the British Raj.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 180.34 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 952.54g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127047
  • 9780739127049

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface to the Lexington Books Edition Chapter 2 Preface:Kuwait, The Raj, and Ritualocracy Chapter 3 Introduction:Taller Boys Part 4 Part II. Rituals of Rule Chapter 5 Chapter I. Viceregal Ritualism Chapter 6 Chapter II. Indian Connections Chapter 7 Chapter III. Old Boy Panache Chapter 8 Chapter IV. Gulf Historiography Chapter 9 Chapter V. Psychohistory and the Arabs Chapter 10 Chapter VI. Orientalist Freemasonry Chapter 11 Chapter VII. School Tarot Part 12 Part II. Rulers by Elite Chapter 13 Chapter VIII. Square Pegs, Round Holes Chapter 14 Chapter IX. Biographies Chapter 15 Chapter X. "That Was That" Chapter 16 Epilogue:The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
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Clearly the whole book is a work of industry and extensive research...much careful research. The Arab Review Dr. Rich is a prodigious worker. The bibliography, for example, has to be seen to be believed...[he] has so many of the qualities of the born scholar beyond that of mere erudition. Journal Of The Royal Asiatic Society Rich, amid his pharmacy of elixirs, is an enthusiast: ... he cheerfully evokes old notions of cultural leadership, which promoted a "secret curriculum" of hegemony. -- A. P. Thornton The International History Review "Imperialism was frequently more reliant on ritual than arms or money": It is a thesis which Dr. Rich pursues with an impressive range of detailed scholarly research from a wide field. -- Clive Griggs, University of Brighton
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About Paul J. Rich

Paul J. Rich is president of the Policy Studies Organization in Washington, D.C. and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the head of supervisory programs for the Ministry of Education and Culture in Qatar for twelve years. Dr. Rich is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, recipient of the Cameron Medal for social science research, and Life Governor of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.
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